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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F *AV Sept. 1, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 35 Www*TH ECATALINA|SLAN DER.COM Only on Catalina A trip to the mainland to cel- ebrate a friend's birthday brings to mind the loss of a family member. See story, page 2 On the Water According to Capt. John King, superstitions grow out of the human need to explain the un- explainable; to provide answers to questions that may have none. In lieu of an informational vacuum, we make stuff up. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log Deputies are investigating the theft of an 8 horsepower out- board boat motor. See story, page 6 Changes at the Islander Jesus Ruiz has been named editor of the Catalina Islander newspaper and the Seal Beach Sun. Charles M. Kelly has been named associate editor of the two newspapers. See stories, pages 8 and 9 New Islanders There are some new faces among the teachers at Avalon School. See page 10 Take on Vacation Island resident Walt Puffer recently traveled to Budapest, Hungary for the FINA World Cham- pionship Water Polo Tournament. See page 10 the Islander Walt Puffer Catalina Express wins softball tournament A late home run allowed Catalina Express to take the champion- ship in the last week's softball touEnament game. See story, page 11 Granted a 60-day deferment frem beginning his military service to film =King Creole," Elvis Presley delive~cl the mOSt critically acclaimed performance of his act- ing career. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum =. Limited tickets for First Fridays at Museum Program to feature a screening of 'King Creole' FOR THE ISLANDER The Catalina Island Museum invites residents and visitors to experience a taste of the bayou during First Fridays at the Museum on Sept. 1. Whether you are a crawfish aficionado or you simply want to see ElVis chase. Tickets are available for Presley on the big screen, the the movie only. Unfortunately, upcoming FirSt Fridays event is the crawfish dinner is sold out. for you. The crawfish boil will be fol- Diego VelasCo, chef and co- lowed by a screening of King owner of the acclaimed Memphis Creole starring the one and on13~ Caf6 in Orange County, will Elvis Presley in the museum's s6rve up an authentic Louisiana- outdoor amphitheater. Granted style crawfish boil on the muse- a 60-day deferment from begin- um's second level from 6 to 8 ning his military service to film p.m. All the traditional fixings this movie, Presley delivered the will be included in the dinner, most criticallyacclaimed perfor- Cold, crisp beer and other bever- mance of his acting career. The ages will be available for pur- Museum, Page 14 From the Archives Catalina Yacht Club now a reality From the Catalina Islander, March 12, 1924 Clarence Watson Club may be ready Clarence I. Watson, 89, passed for opening by away Wednesday, Aug. 2, at May 15, 1924 Country Oaks Care Center in Santa Maria, California. See story, page 14 Editor's note: This is the first m an ongoing series of reprints of historic Catalina 1slander articles. In Sunday's Los Angeles Examiner Maxwell Stiles lets the "cat out of the bag" about the organization of the Catalina Archives, Page 12 Affairs to bison death Avalon deputy shot the reportedly charging animal BY CHARLES M. KELLY The 5th Annual Labor Day Cockpit Concert will be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, in Cherry Cove. Photo courtesy of David Barrette. For details, see the story on page 5 The Internal Affairs Bureau of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is investigating the recent shooting of a bison by an" Avalon Station deputy. The bison reportedly charged at the deputy. The animal was euthanized. The Sheriff's Internal Affairs Bureau is headquartered on the mainland. According to Capt. John Hocking, commander of the Avalon Station, no one from the Avalon Station will be conducting the investigation. Capt. Hocking issued the fol- lowing statement about the shoot- ing: "On August 18, 2017, a deputy was involved in a shooting of a Catalina Bison at Little Harbor Campground on Catalina Island. The deputy was concerned for the safety of the campers in the area and fired at the bison when it reportedly charged at him. The bison had to be euthanized. "All life is precious, and the Sheriff's Department takes these types of incidents seriously; a thorough investigation will be conducted: "As part of our Department's effort to maintain objectivity and accountability, the Sheriff's Department's Internal Affairs Bison, Page 14